RE Curriculum and Assessment
All Voluntary Controlled schools are required to adopt the Locally Agreed RE syllabus, produced by their local SACRE, to determine the RE curriculum. In Voluntary Aided schools the governors are responsible for setting the RE policy and RE syllabus. Church academies within the Diocese are expected to determine their own RE syllabus and adhere to the RE Entitlement Statement.
A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet the statutory requirement for all maintained schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum. At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. There is a clear expectation that as inclusive communities, church schools encourage learning about other religions and world views* fostering respect for them. Although there is not a National Curriculum for RE, all maintained schools have a statutory duty to teach it. This is equally applicable to academies and free schools as it is to maintained schools. In foundation and voluntary controlled schools with a religious character, RE must be taught according to the Locally Agreed Syllabus unless parents request RE in accordance with the trust deed of the school; and, in voluntary aided schools RE must be taught in accordance with the trust deed.
In Church of England schools the students and their families can expect a religious education curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith: for example through the Understanding Christianity resource. Church schools should provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. Church schools should use some form of enquiry approach that engages with, for example biblical text, and helps develop religious and theological literacy. Links with the Christian values of the school and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to the RE curriculum and should have a significant impact on learners.
RE must have a very high profile within the church school curriculum and learning activities should provide fully for the needs of all learners. Learners should be inspired by the subject and develop a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion on the world. Attainment should be high and progress significant in developing an understanding of Christianity and a broad range of religions and world views.
Please download and familiarise yourself with the Church of England Education Office Statement of Entitlement for RE
The teaching of RE has special prominence in church schools. In Voluntary aided schools it is the responsibility of the governing body to agree the RE syllabus and policy and monitor provision. The Diocese of Chichester does not have an RE syllabus, but recommends that schools follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus in conjunction withExcellence and Distinctiveness – Guidance on RE in Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Chichester’.
Voluntary Controlled schools should plan their RE in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus and refer to the Diocesan guidance booklet.
Have you signed up to the Understanding Christianity resource? This resource underpins the teaching and learning of Christianity from EYFS through to Year 9 and is an essential resource to support high quality learning in RE.
All Schools are strongly encouraged to send RE teachers and co-ordinators on the Diocesan RE training courses. RE support for individual co-ordinators and RE inset are available upon request. Please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Details of all our RE training and support have been sent to schools and are available on theTrainingpage of our website.